ROBINS v WOLVERHAMPTON, PREVIEW

Wednesday October 02, 2019
SWINDON launch their Premiership play-off campaign when Wolverhampton visit the Abbey on Thursday (7.30pm).

The CFS Filtration Robins will be looking to build up a lead from the first leg of the semi-final to take to Monmore Green for the return next Monday.

With Ipswich already into the Grand Final after stunning defending champions Poole in the other semi-final, both sides know exactly what is ahead of them if they are to take the title.

And for the Robins, they have the additional incentive of making it a trophy double in 2019 after lifting the Premiership Supporters’ Cup two weeks ago.

Wolves are expected to provide tough opposition, and not just because of the play-off history between the clubs which has seen them contest two Grand Finals in the past – the most recent in 2017 when Swindon won in a last-heat decider.

The West Midlands side have finished the season in excellent form to book their place in the play-offs, and came within one race of an away win at the Abbey in early August, only for Jason Doyle and Tobiasz Musielak to get the Robins out of jail in Heat 15.

But since then, Swindon’s home form has been exemplary and boss Alun Rossiter is looking to keep it going on Thursday.

Rossiter said: “Nothing really changes as a result of this now being the first leg. I really don’t mind either way, and obviously what we want to do at home is get the hammer down early.

“We’re fully aware that they ran us close here last time, but I do feel we’re a bit more dialled-in now than we were then, and at the end of the day the play-offs are a totally different kettle of fish.

“Everyone needs to ride that bit extra to make it through to the Final, and really what’s happened before counts for nothing. We’ve already seen that with Ipswich beating Poole.

“The team are all feeling good about things and I stress again what the reserves have been doing for us lately has been very important. Hopefully everyone can keep it going and we can get ourselves a good lead.”

Both sides name full-strength line-ups with former Robins rider Nick Morris, a hero of that 2017 triumph against Wolves, included in the visitors’ middle-order.

SWINDON: Jason Doyle, Adam Ellis, Tobiasz Musielak, Rasmus Jensen, Troy Batchelor, Ellis Perks, Claus Vissing.
WOLVERHAMPTON: Sam Masters, Kyle Howarth, Rory Schlein, Nick Morris, Jacob Thorssell, Ryan Douglas, Luke Becker.


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